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Carlito's Way: Rise To Power [HD DVD] (2005)

Jay Hernandez , Mario Van Peebles , Michael Bregman  |  R |  HD DVD
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  • Actors: Jay Hernandez, Mario Van Peebles, Luis Guzman, Sean Combs, Michael Kelly
  • Directors: Michael Bregman
  • Writers: Michael Bregman
  • Producers: Michael Bregman, Martin Bregman
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,996 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Carlito's Way: Rise To Power [HD DVD]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Got Your Back: Carlito's Brothers in Crime
  • Bringing the 'Hood to Life'
  • Making of Documentary
  • Set Tour with "Earl"
  • Trailer

  • Editorial Reviews

    Product Description

    From the producer of Scarface and Carlito's Way comes the action thriller Carlito's Way: Rise to Power. Jay Hernandez (Friday Night Lights), Mario Van Peebles (Ali), Luis Guzman (Carlito's Way) and Sean Combs (Monster's Ball) star in the gripping tale of the early years of gangster legend Carlito Brigante. Seduced by the power of the brutal New York underworld, he enters a deadly circle of greed and retribution. Assisted by his two brothers in crime, Carlito is on the fast track to becoming Spanish Harlem's ultimate kingpin. He quickly learns, however, that the only way to survive at the top is through loyalty to his friends and respect for the rules of the street.

    The success of Brian De Palma's Carlito's Way ensures that the straight-to-DVD release of Carlito's Way: Rise to Power will attract an eager audience among fans of urban gangland melodramas. A stellar cast provides adequate compensation as this tame, relatively bloodless prequel trots out every cliché in the book, qualifying as the 21st-century equivalent of a Warner Bros. gangster programmer from the 1930s. The well-chosen cast of new and familiar faces is caught up in a standard plot of territorial tension in Harlem between the blacks led by Hollywood Nicky (Sean Combs, adding a touch of blingy humor), the old-school Mafia led by Artie Sr. (Burt Young), and the caught-in-the-middle Puerto Ricans who are gaining control as Carlito (Jay Hernandez, in the role Al Pacino originated) and his cross-cultural gang rises to power after his recent release from prison with cellmates and partners-in-crime Earl (Mario Van Peebles) and Rocco (Michael Kelly). They're a tight trio in a climate of mistrust and deception, and Earl's hot-headed brother (Mtume Grant) sets off a series of events that force Carlito to invent a clever alliance that raises the body count while ensuring his long-term status as a dude-you-don't-mess-with. It's fun, for what it's worth (and fans of De Palma's film will enjoy connecting events from one film to the other), but there's not a shred of originality in script or direction by Michael Scott Bregman, whose father Martin produced Carlito's Way. Still, there's something to be said for a gang picture that never promises more than it can deliver. On those terms, and with enough violence and strip-joint nudity to satisfy its generic prerequisites, Rise to Power is definitely worth a look. --Jeff Shannon

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    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Do it January 22, 2006
    This one didn't do it for me. I really wanted to like this, being such a fan of the first film. The acting in the film is okay, but it suffers so much compared to the Pacino/Penn film. The climax was very bland. The one thing I wish they would have explained better was how Carlito became friends with the Italian mobster and the African American bookie. They were both very successful people in their own circles, and Carlito was just a common care thief. Why would they cut him in as an equal partner in a tens of million dollar drug business? Also, how did all three get in one cell. This takes place in a time when racial tensions are high, and prison officials would not have put a white/African American and Hispanic in the same cell. And while everyone else in the film hates each other for being differant, these three love each other. I would have liked to see the story of how they got that way. I would steer clear of this one.
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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to do with original Carlito's Way October 7, 2005
    Carlito's Way is one of my all time favorite movies.

    I didn't expect this movie to be great but with Edwin Torres and Martin Bregman involved, I thought it would be good or even just ok. I thought it would at least have something to do with the original. It doesn't.

    Carlito is the only character from the original. You think he would be working with Pachanga and Lalin. He would be developing his friendship with David Kleinfeld. He isn't even dating Gail! He's trying to start a relationship with a totally different woman.

    The original implied he had relationships with other gangs but he would have primarily worked with other Latinos. Here he is working directly with a black guy and an Italian.

    Also Jay Hernandez just doesn't fit the role of a gangster. He doesn't seem to have the attitude or power that a top gangster would have.

    I knew they were trying to capitalize on the reputation of the first one with a substandard straight to video prequel. But I thought it would at least have something to do with the original besides the name and Carlito Brigante (kind of) being the same main character.

    Disappointing even with low expectations to begin with.
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    15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Rise to Power is Rise to Nothing December 24, 2005
    This is one of the worst films of 2005, a prequel that is almost as bad as dumb and dumberer and son of the mask, the acting is terrible especially P. Diddy's performance, the screenplay is a mess, the cinematography is ridiculous and the violence is bloody, sickening and silly.

    This is not as good as al pacino was in 1993.

    I Hated this film.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars WHATA GYP October 3, 2005
    Being a fan of the original I was anxiously waiting the release of Rise To Power. What a disappointment. They were not true to the original at all. First, the original was set in the 70's so this was supposed to be what? 60's at best? Hardly!

    Acting... sucks. The only plausible thing that Jay Hernandez did to portray AL Pacino was mimic his voice... most of the time. He was supposed to be this ruthless street king by the original Carlito's Way portrayal, yet he was this caring, thoughtful street punk who seemingly just got offered a partnership to become a druglord.

    This movie was just thrown together and could've been and should've been much much more. I mean how did he get his connections? Why as a punk car thief was he sharing a private cell with a big time numbers guy and a Mafia guy? And why did they had to convince him to join up with them? Where was his crew? When did he oversee operations? What brilliant ideas made him "The JP Morgan of the smack buisness"? How did some dork get the drop on him? Where is Gail? Who the heck is this chick and why did they waste time with her? Where was some of the guys from the original... even with different characters.

    It left much to be desired right down to the ridiculous in-paradise happy ending... say what?!?
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    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars This prequel "broke my heart" October 8, 2005
    I am a big Carlito's way fan. I saw it the first friday it was shown in 1993. I have watched it about 50 times on Video or Cable. I have a understanding of the Characters. If you do a prequel, don't pretend like nobody saw or would remember the original. I am very saddened that you didn't develop a better script. Next time, make sure your script writers are true fans. Real Fans of Carlito's way will be hurt, and please, dont recyle (Luiz Guzman)aka Pachanga. He is a very important character in the original. Also, where's Gale? or Klienfeld? or Rolando? or the DA? or Laling? or Sasso? and the ending? that broke my heart. You didn't think we cared about the ending? you made Carlito's dream come true, but you must know, he did go to Lewisburg for 5 years after paradise? or was he halucinating? and everything in the original never really took place? was it just a dream? you got some explaining.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars hahaha August 30, 2006
    Once again in fantasyland we go with fake "gangstas".P diddo or diddity, pifily poof what ever his name is this week.This movie is not worth the price of the plastic used to make it.the established italian mobsters would not put a black or puerto rican on equel footing.these guys would not share the same area in the joint.ridiculous!!!when it comes to TRUE GANGSTERS there are serious racial/ethnic barriers.That is just the facts.As much as the mass media tries to rewrite history it still doesnt change it.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    1.0 out of 5 stars FALLING DOWN
    remember the one on SECOND AVENUE-"the revolution" about the midget? it was atrocious;the worst thing put to celluloid. THIS IS EVEN WORSE.
    Published 2 months ago by gcd
    5.0 out of 5 stars two sides to every coin.
    I Enjoyed this movie, very much...yes it isnt compared to carlitos way...but still get the point out of the story.
    Published 3 months ago by The punisher
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
    I really like this movie because of the action and also the actors in the movie and also they never show this movie on dish,or any other.
    Published 9 months ago by melty12
    1.0 out of 5 stars More like a fall from grace than a rise in power!
    This film certainly had some weaknesses, not withstanding Jay Hernandezs attempt to play Pacino rather than his own interpretation of Carlito. Read more
    Published 17 months ago by Quadro Sinead Summer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting film
    This was a very interesting film and a cliche all the same. I loved it as it was a refreshening escape from deep thought for a while. I was amused to say the least
    Published 19 months ago by Ciara King
    3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
    Excellent and amazing product I recommended for every one because its a very interesting and useful product so buy it now!
    Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
    2.0 out of 5 stars Obviously Failed.
    Viewed: 10/08
    Rate: 4

    10/08: When I saw Carlito's Way, I was impressed with the performance of Al Pacino and the typical direction of Brian De Palma. Read more
    Published on November 27, 2010 by Mr. Math Expert
    4.0 out of 5 stars Jay Hernandez shines
    Jay Hernandez, in a strong central performance, demonstrates once again that he can carry a film from point A to Z. Read more
    Published on March 27, 2010 by J. Helsing
    1.0 out of 5 stars HD DVD
    This DVD was supposed to play on HD player or standard. Won't play on Standard and I have Blu-Ray so I don't know what it's like.
    Published on February 25, 2010 by John MacLeod
    1.0 out of 5 stars Carlito has lost his way
    ...It's almost like an extended SNL skit of "Carlito's Way: The Early Years"....horrible script, pacing, atmosphere, acting, and anything else you can think of. Reggie? Read more
    Published on November 21, 2008 by Andrew H. Thompson
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